Wall Street Journal
Supermarkets have lagged behind other retailers in adopting new technology, investors and consultants said.
Dave Steck, an information-technology executive at Schnuck Markets Inc., was surprised by how outdated the fiber-optic cable was when he joined the St. Louis-based grocer in 2014.
“There hasn’t been a lot of reliance of technology in the field,” Mr. Steck said.
Schnucks overhauled its cable system, and earlier this year hired Simbe Robotics Inc. to install robots in its stores.
Simbe’s “Tally” devices scan shelves to flag when items are out of stock. SoftBank Robotics Group, a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. , struck a deal with Simbe earlier this year to sell and distribute the Tally robot to retailers in Japan, North America and Europe. Simbe and Schnucks wouldn’t say how much the robots cost.
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